With a dark, "potentially historic" storm cloud literally looming over our heads here in the Northeast, we're having an internal debate for the ages: to go into the office or work from home? On the one hand, you have too much work to do to be distracted by anything at home. But then again, the idea of wearing sweatpants all day is pretty tempting.
While some research suggests that, if you work from home, you may miss out on psychological and social benefits of the workplace. But since it would only be for a day or two, to ride out the snow storm, I doubt this research applies. You likely won't be pining for that small talk with your coworkers so immediately. And if you're worried about not being productive, new research from Stanford University found that working from home can actually increase productivity.
In a piece in Harvard Business Review, Nicholas Bloom and John Roberts share the details of a study they recently conducted with China's largest travel agency, Ctrip.
About half of the 250 Ctrip employees that volunteered to work from home were given their boss's permission to do so, while the other half that had to come into the office made up the control group. Over a period of nine months, Bloom and Roberts tracked the productivity levels of the employees.
These are their surprising results: